Aaron Sorkin is one of the most successful writers in Hollywood and an award winning television producer as well. Although his list of writing credits is not long, it is the quality that is impressive having written the screenplays for A Few Good Men, Malice (an underrated favorite), The American President, The Social Network and Moneyball. And for television series he has created he has had hit after hit with Sports Night, The West Wing, and now The Newsroom.
The Newsroom revolves around the workings of a fictional Atlantis Cable News and its Anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) as he anchors and is the managing editor of a news program whose life is thrown for a loop when his ex-girlfriend MacKenzie Hale (Emily Mortimer) returns after 2 years overseas to take over as his new executive producer. While the show covers real life issues happening in the headlines it deals with how these world events affects the staff and how their interpersonal relationships play out behind the scenes of a bustling news program.
As with most of Sorkin’s projects, The Newsroom is full of witty, realistic and intelligent characters and writing. Sorkin’s dialogue never feels forced, staged or fake, it reeks of authenticity. The balance of watching these people put on a show that drastically changes day to day based on the news they are reporting while still balancing their personal lives and the baggage they bring into the office every day not to mention the complex relationships they have there as well. The cast is top notch with Daniels leading the pack as the smart and complicated McAvoy and Emily Mortimor as the equally smart Hale. The dynamic of their relationship fuels much of the drama but the supporting cast are all phenomenal here including Dev Patel, Olivia Munn and the always stellar Sam Waterston and a great recurring role by Jane Fonda. The Newsroom is intelligent, funny, dramatic and features some of the best writing on TV right now. Highly recommended.
The Blu-ray from HBO is stunning. Although not a location heavy show or having any sort of special effects element, The Newsroom is beautifully filmed and the Blu-ray transfer easily stands up to HBO’s high standards with exceptional clarity and sharpness. Another phenomenal show from HBO.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.